Blackbird Vineyards CONTRARIAN Napa Red Blend 2016 Rated 94W&S

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Rated 94
Though Blackbird's original wine was a merlot-focused blend, current winemaker Aaron Pott takes Contrarian in a savory, less voluptuous direction. The wine is grounded by cabernet sauvignon, with a contribution from Ballard Vineyard on Spring Mountain that lends it stature and breed, as well as mineral-inflected tannins that carry the smokiness of rock striking rock. The wine's blackberry juiciness and black-olive savor gain depth and detail with air, the flavors glimmering like cool water in a well. It has an old-fashioned sense of Napa Valley, before the wines got fancy. Decant it for Mediterranean lamb.

Wine Tasting Notes
Complex and expressive with aromas of black currant, cherry and black perigold truffle, Contrarian is ripe to impress with its notable density, tight tannins and illustrious texture. With a long finish of black licorice, blackberries, plum and toffee, the vintage evolves temendously on the palate. This wine is captivating now and will contine to deveop in the cellar for another 15 years.

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot

Alcohol 14.1%
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